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Foreign Sadhvi attacked in Varanasi

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Foreign Sadhvi attacked in Varanasi

Lucknow: So much for ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’! An Argentinian who leads the life of an ascetic in Varanasi city escaped with bruises on her face and shoulders while fighting off three men on Saturday, her late-evening meditation by the Ganga ending in a nightmare of assault and robbery. The 38-year-old was eventually spared being sexually […]

Ugly face of  Intolerance: Roughed up for taking Oath in Urdu

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Ugly face of Intolerance: Roughed up for taking Oath in Urdu

Aligarh (UP), Dec 13: Unpleasant scenes marred the swearing-in of newly-elected members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation after BJP corporators  created a ruckus when the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking the oath in Urdu, says a PTI report. Husain was roughed up by the BJP rowdies. Some district officials intervened and managed […]

BHU ruckus strengthens anti-patriarchy movement

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BHU ruckus strengthens anti-patriarchy movement

Police action on women protesting sexual harassment of a female student at India’s premier Banaras Hindu University has led to a national struggle to end gender discrimination. In Patna, Bihar a group of citizens have started Aawazein, which has begun a series of interventions and activities to sensitize the students and teaching community about gender […]

Meat sellers in UP face livelihood issues

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Meat sellers in UP face livelihood issues

New Delhi, Sep 12: Why are the BJP ruled states, led by Uttar Pradesh denying  meat, fish, and poultry sellers from Muslim and Dalit communities licences to carry on their trade? That’s a question being asked, and there are no clear answers. The meat business in Uttar Pradesh has badly been hit, affecting the livelihood […]

1,317 child deaths in 8 months in BRDMC

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1,317 child deaths in 8 months in BRDMC

Gorakhpur (UP): The spate of deaths continued in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital  with 13 more children dying in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,317 so far this year. As many as 13 children, 10 in NICU and three in general paediatric ward died in the past 24 hours, […]

Agra Divisional Commissioner hauled up by Green Court

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Agra Divisional Commissioner hauled up by Green Court

New Delhi: The illegal felling of trees especially around the Taj Mahal is serious, and the NGT isn’t going to let anyone get away with it. A former Agra Divisional Forest Officer had allegedly cut 8,000 trees in Babarpur and around 4,000 trees in 500-metre-radius of the Taj Mahal, which is an eco-sensitive zone. The National […]

100 arrested, cops transferred in UP Hotel Raid

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100 arrested, cops transferred in UP Hotel Raid

Ghaziabad (UP): Around hundred men and women were arrested after they were allegedly found in ‘objectionable positions’ during raids on hotels on railway road in Bazariya area of the city says a PTI report dated march 20, quoting local police said. It is thought that the area was used for illegal trafficking or sex work […]

Rivers continue to threaten lives

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Rivers continue to threaten lives

The tension is palpable. Nervous citizens watch anxiously the rising levels of the rivers. They water slowly creeps upwards and enters the low-lying areas of the towns, as it advances foot by foot, the people have to start moving away… leaving their homes…. The Ganga and five other rivers Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra and […]

India’s dilemma: drought or poisoned water!

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India’s dilemma: drought or poisoned water!

LUCKNOW( UP):  As large  drought-devastated India desperately waits for the monsoons to arrive, Gangnauli village in  dry, hot Uttar Pradesh has more than enough water. But the villagers fear the water supplies with heavy metals, underscoring the weighty challenges facing the world’s second most populous nation. They suspect their groundwater has been polluted by waste […]

Oh Sh*t! What’s on the Taj Mahal?

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Oh Sh*t! What’s on the Taj Mahal?

AGRA -The lustrous white marble walls of the Taj Mahal have been yellowed by air pollution, but now India’s showcase monument faces a fresh threat – from green insect poop! Authorities ordered an investigation after green-tinged patches began appearing on the back wall of the monument, which stands on the banks of the heavily polluted […]

UP delivers ‘Mother’  of Birthday scams

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UP delivers ‘Mother’ of Birthday scams

LUCKNOW: Can a woman give birth three times in four months? Can a 60 year old have babies five times in ten months? Such aberrations of nature regularly happen in Uttar Pradesh, at least in the paper work of the ‘Janani Suraksha Yojana.’ An audit of beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojna in Uttar Pradesh, which primarily […]